Thorn: Maybe . . . this is a good time to find out if I can talk about what happened. I don’t know where to start . . .
Leif: Will it help if I ask a question? Did the, um, fire hit you from the left, or from above? I found people saying both.
Thorn: Oh — it was from all sides. Well, except for under my feet.
Leif: How . . . ?
Thorn: Think about it . . . a dragon has the same, um, parts as any other animal. You can kill it if you hit it in the heart, lungs, or brain.
This one was so big — Our heartswords could never go deep enough to reach the heart or lungs. We planned to kill it with magic . . . then it burned up all our mages.
I only had one chance. If I could stab it through the . . . I don’t know the word. Can I show you?
Leif: That part’s called the “soft palate.” I think. Maybe you should show me again.